Toxic Sludge Black IPA | Blue Point Brewing Company

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Toxic Sludge Black IPAToxic Sludge Black IPA

Brewed by:
Blue Point Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
While birds of a feather stick together, their wings should not. We blew our cap seeing images of oilslick seabirds and thinking about what may happen to more of our fine, feathered-friends as they migrate south this fall, so we hatched this flighty idea for a specialty brew called 'Toxic Sludge'.
All of the proceeds will benefit Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research's "Spreading Our Wings" campaign and their efforts to build a Wildlife Response Annex. To learn more, please visit:
In times of crisis (like this) we figure you can either hibernate or participate.
Try this tasty, dry-hopped Black IPA, it's as smooth as water off a duck's back. So everytime you drink one, please let out a loud squawk in honor of our beautiful, beaked brethen.
We hope you can dig deep in your hearts (and pockets) to help support the effort.
Be Well,
Mark & Pete

Added by mcallister on 08-04-2010

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Photo of shand
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Toxic Sludge is a fantastic looking black IPA, it pours out brown with high clarity and a large mocha head. The aroma is richly malty with a solid dose of citrus and pine hops. The taste is rather balanced, with a nice roastiness that reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout. There's also a substantial amount of hops that balance everything out. The strong pine flavors are very well integrated. The mouthfeel is fairly highly carbonated and medium bodied, and the drinkability is fantastic. Overall, Toxic Sludge is one of the better balanced Black IPAs I've had. It's very tasty without relying on the hops overpowering the dark malts.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Ego
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black ? sludge ? maybe the toxic moniker will come through because the rest is just not a good description...
dark brown with some ruby hues, pretty clean looking in terms of clarity, a good amount of head rises up, around the 2 finger range and you know what? it decided to stay around without even a proper invite (rude bastard)...
good lacing and nice uniform microbubbles make a nice night cap for the top of this beer...
so the look is sort of give and take.

hoppy. in the more herbally-honey variety, almost some dry stout tones in there also, not much else for me to expound on

taste etc...
the carbonation seems a bit much, this drinks pretty smooth, there is some hop character, some malt presence, a hint of chocolate.. and that is pretty much it, mostly hints of this or that, nothing memorable is going on
the hops have a decent bite, and there is some warming from the ABV

this beer is OK, not bad in any sense but nothing special. some nice hop punch and good ABV kick but it just seems to be missing an all around mission.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a glass, it has a black colored body with a small mocha colored head that takes it time to lay down. The aroma has a hop aroma but not to strong. The taste a bitter hop flavor with some chocolate malt coming through. I also get a metal taste also. The mouth feel is smooth and overall this is a good beer, it doesn't impress me to much, I think the metal taste does it.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a completely clear, cherrywood hue. The head stands thin with a contrastingly bright color. The cap leaves a flak jacket of lacing.

S-The malt is clearly the winner here. Yes, behind the dark fruits and roast, there is some mild tea-like hoppiness (maybe some candied citrus hops too). But I have to concentrate to really decipher the hop's language here. The hops are far too silent. This really reminds me of an ESB; I would guess it to be said style is I were tasting blind.

T-A lot of metal. Is it the can? It tastes like the can! Something is a miss here. Tea-like hops and some candied citrus hops again. Behind the metal, I still get the flavor of a darkly malted ESB. The hops lend substantial bitterness but they don't really donate any truly intriguing or gratifying flavors. The malt is molasses-dipped pumpernickel bread and a mist of dark fruit.

M-There is some back-end heat. Softer bubbles. The body isn't huge. The bitterness really creeps up on you.

O/D-Even before the metallic flavor, I was not enamored with this beer. The hops are bitter with no finesse; like a 7 foot basketball player without any touch on the ball. The label art on the can is supremely memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd but neat looking can reminds me more of an energy drink than a beer. Pours a solid dark brown color with ruby highlights and a huge creamy tan head that persists forever leaving lots of stickiness to the glass. Smells slightly ashy with a hint of wet cardboard on top of light chocolate and earthy floral hops. The nose is kind of disappointing for a black IPA really. The flavor is a bit better with a solid malty chocolate mixed with an earthy spicy hop flavor. Firm but pleasant hop bitterness rounds out a caramel butterscotch malt sweetness quite well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet creamy mouthfeel. Decent beer that I could drink, but middle of the road and honestly not worth purchasing again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Glad they canned this since before it was 11 dollars a bottle! Picked up the single for $2.69 at halftime

A - Very impressive full inch of mocha colored head atop of a very dark brown colored ale. Not pitch black "like sludge" but still a very dark IPA.
S - Smells rather balanced I get more roasty malts and chocolate than bittering hops which is a nice change. Citrus hops and peels also.
T - A pretty balanced level of roasty malts to piney resin taste. Some smoke and ash highlight, yet for some reason I expected more hops even though it was good as is. Has a great drying aspect and I do love balance more so it's a win.
M - Mouthfeel is kind of on the thin side which is strange for a black IPA. Still it goes down easy.
Overall with cleaver design (cool looking can) and a balanced taste it makes for a very above average Black IPA.

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Photo of mnrider
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint can. No freshness date.

A: Pours a deep black with a large frothy off white head. Above average retention
and lacing.

S: Fruity, bitter hops, toasted malts, and some nice notes of cocoa.

T/M: Bitter cocoa, bitter hops, dark fruits, roasted malts. Sweetness comes in then
back to some more hop bitterness. Goes down smooth with noticeable carbonation.
Feels a little dry in the finish.

O: The taste is somewhat of a let down, although I am still fairly new to the style. The
feel is really good which makes for some easy drinkability. Tastes good enough that I
would buy again if the price was right.


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Toxic Sludge Black IPA from Blue Point Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 440 ratings.
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